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Sep 15, 2022 03:21 AM
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Central China’s Hunan Province Faces Severe Drought

Firefighters help farmers irrigate their rice crop in Yongzhou, Hunan province, on Aug. 23, 2022.
Firefighters help farmers irrigate their rice crop in Yongzhou, Hunan province, on Aug. 23, 2022.

South Central China’s Hunan province, one of the nation’s top rice producing areas, is expected to suffer severe drought in the early fall as no rain and higher-than-average temperatures are forecast for the next 10 days, according to the local water resources department.

About 80% of the landlocked province, the size of of Utah in the U.S., is expected to experience severe drought, and 35% of the area is likely to suffer extreme drought, the water resources department said.

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